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Jan 24, 2012
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Americans’ expectations low ahead of Obama’s State of the Union

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U.S. voters are looking to President Barack Obama to talk about jobs and the economy in his State of the Union address tonight, but doubt his ability to follow through on his proposals, two recent polls showed.

A survey done for the group Public Notice found that 62 percent of 805 likely voters said they were extremely or very interested in Obama’s speech tonight. The group describes itself as an independent non-profit focused on the economy and the role of government. Obama faces reelection in November amid a slowly improving U.S. economy.

Jan 24, 2012
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Presidential candidates take on Castro in Florida

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Republican White House contenders took the race to win their party’s nomination to Florida this week, where they tried to outdo each other on topics important to Floridians–including what to do about Cuba, the small, Communist, Spanish-speaking island that has long frustrated U.S. foreign policy.

In a debate on Monday in Tampa, the candidates took turns lambasting Castro and current U.S policy toward Cuba, striving to curry favor with conservative Cuban Americans who make up the majority of Florida’s 400,000-some Hispanic Republican voters.

Jan 20, 2012

“Occupy” targets banks, corporate campaign spending

SAN FRANCISCO/WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Dozens of Occupy protesters chained themselves to doors at Wells Fargo bank headquarters in San Francisco on Friday, while across the United States hundreds more demonstrators rallied at federal courthouses against corporate campaign donations.

Activists in San Francisco were aiming to disrupt the city’s financial district as part of “Occupy Wall Street West” by targeting 22 bank branches and other financial industry offices.

Jan 20, 2012

Republican apologizes, says wasn’t urging Obama’s death

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – A Kansas Republican leader under fire for sending an email invoking a bible verse to suggest that Democratic President Barack Obama’s “days be few in number” apologized on Thursday but said that he would not resign.

Critics said the email forwarded by Speaker of the State House Mike O’Neal, that was later published by the Lawrence Journal-World newspaper, called for Obama’s death.

Jan 19, 2012
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Newt Super PAC imagines Romney-Obama debate

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A Pro-Newt Super PAC posted an animated version of how a general debate between President Barack Obama and Mitt Romney as the Republican nominee would look.

The video titled “Obama’s Dream Debate” shows a cartoon Obama, voiced remarkably well, not only trouncing Romney in a debate but pointing out just how much the two have in common.

Jan 18, 2012
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Sarah Palin: I’d vote for Gingrich “to keep things going”

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Sarah Palin gave a qualifying endorsement of presidential candidate Newt Gingrich on Tuesday, a week after her husband also endorsed him.

In an interview with Fox television host Sean Hannity on Tuesday, Palin said that if she were a South Carolina voter she would cast her ballot for the former Speaker of the House in Saturday’s primary.

Jan 18, 2012
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Santorum staffer questions whether God wants women presidents

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A staffer in Rick Santorum’s presidential campaign is under fire for an email suggesting a female commander-in-chief could be at odds with the Bible’s teachings.

The Des Moines Register last week reported that Santorum’s Iowa coalitions director, Jamie Johnson, sent an email over the summer asking, ‘Is it God’s highest desire, that is, his biblically expressed will … to have a woman rule the institutions of the family, the church, and the state?”

Jan 18, 2012
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Rick Perry lags in home state of Texas

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Tuesday only got worse for Texas Governor Rick Perry whose comments about Turkey in a debate last night got him lambasted by foreign policy experts, the Turkish press, and the Turkish government in Ankara.

Perry, the longest serving governor in Texas history, polled only third in a survey of his fellow Longhorn Republicans, according to a poll released Tuesday.

Jan 16, 2012

Obama, Occupy marchers mark Martin Luther King holiday

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – President Barack Obama led Americans on Monday in honoring slain civil rights leader Martin Luther King Jr., while the Occupy Wall Street movement staged a new march protesting economic injustice.

Obama, the first African-American president, joined his wife, Michelle, and daughter Malia in helping build a library reading nook at a school in Washington.

Jan 16, 2012

Obama honors Martin Luther King Jr with school project

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – President Barack Obama on Monday paid tribute to slain civil rights leader Martin Luther King Jr. by helping build a library reading nook at a local school, saying service and diversity make America the “strongest, most extraordinary country on earth.”

The president, first lady Michelle Obama and their daughter Malia marked King’s birthday by helping spruce up the library at Browne Education Campus, named after 19th-century African-American rights advocate Hugh M. Browne. It serves elementary and junior high school students in a predominantly African-American community in northeast Washington.